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The Australian High Commissioner to CARICOM Ross Tysoe AO says “impressive work” is being carried out by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), which he experienced first-hand during a recent visit.
The envoy cited the Centre’s effective management of Australia’s technical and cooperation assistance in supporting Belize’s Barrier Reef Marine System, adding that Australia is pleased to have contributed to this project which included a coral reef early warning station. The Ambassador said the project is a “fantastic example” of CARICOM-Australia cooperation. Speaking on Thursday, April 04, 2013 following the formal acceptance of his letter of credence by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, the envoy said he is convinced Australia’s aid programmes are “in safe hands”.
Cooperation between CARICOM and Australia was formalised in November 2009 at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, between the leaders of CARICOM and Australia. At that meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed, paving the way for Australia to make some $60 million (AUS) available over four years to CARICOM for cooperation in areas of special mutual interest.
The areas of cooperation include climate change, disaster risk reduction and emergency management; regional integration, including trade facilitation; education, including in the fields of science and technology, provision of scholarships and training of diplomats; university co-operation; food security and agricultural co-operation; renewable energy, microfinance; border security and sport, youth and culture.
Read 5Cs Welcomes Australia’s High Commissioner to CARICOM to learn more about Ambassador Tysoe’s recent visit to Centre.
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) welcomes the Australian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago Ross Tysoe AO, who also holds non-resident accreditation to 13 other CARICOM countries, for a two day meeting this week. Yesterday the High Commissioner joined a team from the Centre on a tour of the Calabash Cay Coral Reef Early Warning System, which was procured and installed with assistance from the Australian government.
Earlier this week the High Commissioner met with CCCCC’s Executive Director Dr. Kenrick Leslie and members of the management team to discuss a raft of plans and reflect on Australia’s longstanding relationship with the Centre. Australia first engaged the Centre in 2007 when High Commissioner Tysoe’s predecessor made a courtesy visit to the regional climate change centre.
Since then the Centre has enjoyed an excellent relationship with Australia. At the 2008 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Trinidad, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued a communiqué in which he indicated Australia’s commitment to support the Centre’s work. Since then the Centre has received in excess of US$5 million in institutional support through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
**This article was updated on March 15, 2013